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Trump Wins Florida, Kasich Takes Ohio As Rubio Bows Out

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Trump Wins Florida, Kasich Takes Ohio As Rubio Bows Out

Rosemary Harder wears a hat supporting Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won a crucial contest in Florida on Tuesday, knocking rival Marco Rubio out of the race, but lost Ohio to John Kasich in a mixed result that set the stage for a long, bitter nominating fight.

Trump, a businessman who hoped a sweep of five states would put him on the path to the nomination, now faces a three-way struggle with Kasich, the Ohio governor, and Ted Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas, that could lead to a showdown at the party’s convention in Cleveland in July.

Kasich’s win in Ohio gave new hope to establishment Republicans battling to deny Trump the nomination and block him from capturing the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

“We have to bring our party together,” a restrained Trump, 69, said in Palm Beach, Florida, as the results rolled in. He congratulated Rubio on his campaign but did not mention Kasich or Cruz.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 68, won in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, putting more distance between herself and rival Bernie Sanders, 74, a U.S. senator from Vermont.

The wins for Clinton added to her lead in pledged delegates over Sanders and gave her an almost insurmountable edge, burying the memory of her stunning loss in Michigan last week. The Democratic races in Illinois and Missouri on Tuesday had yet to be decided.

As she had after other primary wins, Clinton was thinking on Tuesday about a possible match-up in the Nov. 8 presidential election with Trump.

“We can’t lose what made America great in the first place, and this isn’t just about Donald Trump,” Clinton told supporters in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We can’t just talk about economic inequality, we have to take on all forms of inequality and discrimination.”

Trump’s vows to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, impose protectionist trade policies and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country have rattled the party’s mainstream leaders and left them scrambling to block him.


‘Holding Us Together’

Kasich’s win in Ohio, his first in the nominating fight, makes him the candidate of choice for party leaders worried Trump’s rowdy campaign will lead Republicans to defeat not only in the presidential race, but in state and U.S. congressional races.

Kasich, who has tried to emphasize the positive in a Republican race dominated by the pugnacious Trump, said his campaign was “about holding us together, not pulling us apart.”

“I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land,” Kasich told supporters in Berea, Ohio. “We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination.”

The loss in his home state of Florida was a brutal blow for Rubio, 44, who was once a rising star in the party and had become the choice of the party establishment’s anti-Trump forces until his campaign nosedived.

“While we are on the right side this year, we will not be on the winning side,” Rubio, a first-term senator who is not seeking Senate re-election, told supporters in Miami as he pulled out of the race.

Rubio said the party’s establishment had long looked down on conservatives and taken their vote for granted.


‘People Are Angry’ 

“People are angry, people are frustrated,” he said, adding it would have been easy to stir up those frustrations and make people more angry. “I chose a different route and I’m proud of it.”

Trump’s closest challenger is Cruz, 45, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party, who is second to Trump in delegates but has struggled in states where the electorate is not heavy on the strongly conservative evangelicals who have been Cruz’s biggest base of support.

By capturing Florida, Trump won all 99 of the state’s delegates, giving him a huge lift in his drive to the nomination. He also won Illinois and North Carolina, while no winner had emerged yet in Missouri.

Kasich’s chief strategist, John Weaver, argued in a memo released after the Ohio result that no candidate was going to win the necessary delegates before the convention and Kasich would be the best Republican candidate to go up against Clinton.

Trump, 69, said early on Tuesday that his momentum was already drawing in establishment Republicans who had previously balked at his candidacy but now see him as the likely nominee.

“They’re already calling,” he told NBC’s “Today” show, without naming names. “The biggest people in the party are calling.”


(Additional reporting by Megan Cassella, Ginger Gibson and Alana Wise in Washington and James Oliphant in Miami; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Howard Goller)

Photo: Rosemary Harder wears a hat supporting Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference, after the Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri primary elections, held at his Mar-A-Lago Club, in Palm Beach, Florida March 15, 2016.   REUTERS/Joe Skipper  




  1. Dominick Vila March 16, 2016

    Hearing the most divisive candidate running for President state that “we have to bring our party together” is the most comical statement this charlatan has made to date. He is reaping the seeds he planted, and what is happening could not have happened to an uglier guy. How can a person that has insulted and alienated ethnic minorities, women, POWs, the media, and the GOP establishment even dream about togetherness?
    Kasich’s win in Ohio augur a contentious Republican convention, where anything is possible. The fact that the King of bankruptcies did not see that coming reveal the effects of his huge ego and political naivete.

    1. FireBaron March 16, 2016

      Well, Dom. The Children have already stated they are not going to come to the sandbox to play. So I guess it is up to their parents to make them act like good boys and girls. Although how many of them will be spanked in November remains to be seen.

      1. Dominick Vila March 16, 2016

        Considering what happened when Mitch McConnell ran for re-election, after admitting that the obstructionism that delayed the economic recovery and job creation that caused so much misery to millions of Americans, I am not holding my breath.

        1. plc97477 March 16, 2016

          The best thing the gotp can do to fight drumpf at this point is to go to work and show the nation that they are not completely useless. Giving the country a ninth justice would be a good start.

          1. joe schmo March 16, 2016

            How nice of the GOPe not to be on our side. Doesn’t that make you wonder? Not going to happen. They WILL incite riots!

      2. joe schmo March 16, 2016

        Just like Obama played u fools. Don’t think so. His ideology falls right in line with the way many Americans think. Sorry, u were unsuccessful @ transforming America into a communist hell-hole.

      3. dpaano March 16, 2016

        It’ll be interesting to see if the GOP holds firm in the House and the Senate….it’s my understanding they have quite a few seats up for re-election this year. The GOP talks about people being “angry,” but they don’t seem to realize that they are the reason why people are angry….it’s just unfortunate that most people don’t understand that and continue to re-elect the same people that cause the problems! Trump will only add to the problems!

    2. A_Real_Einstein March 17, 2016

      I know both of us understood the 2014 midterms were going to be difficult. But I did not think it would be the disaster it was. We had several GOP governors with approval ratings in 20s get re elected. We now have GOP governers in Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts. What went wrong? What are we doing differently in 2016? If we can continue to run from our Progressive values why shouldn’t the people vote for Trump and the GOP?

      1. Dominick Vila March 17, 2016

        There are several reasons for the 2014 debacle. One of the most important is the indifference of many Democrats, and our failure to vote. Another is the failure of our political strategists to expose the flaws or failures of Republican administrations, and focus instead on playing defense. Simple things such as advertising the contrast between reliance on deficit spending and fiscal prudence, highlighting the difference between the healthcare system we had before the ACA, and the affordable, inclusive, and comprehensive system we have today, in a way that is easily understood, would have helped. Highlighting the impact of obstructionism on our economy, job creation, our infrastructure, and modernization. The importance of lessening our reliance on imported fossil fuels, pointing out the difference between the corporate corruption that existed a decade ago as a result of deregulation (ENRON, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bernie Madoff), and the Wall Street excesses that contributed to the Great Recession, and what we have today, including a robust economy, changing huge job losses into steady job creation, and substantial budget deficit reductions, might have helped.
        Other contributing factors include redistricting, and the influence of money in American politics.
        Last, but not least, was the ability of the party that controlled the White House on 9/11/01, during the Madrid and London attacks, and when 11 U.S. embassies and consulates were attacked, with over 3,100 people killed – most of them in the USA – to transform themselves into the party that kept us safe, and demonize the Obama administration because four Americans were killed in Benghazi, and because our initial reaction was to blame that tragedy on an offensive video cleverly made and released two months before a U.S. presidential election.
        The GOP managed to energize their base in 2014, and they have done it again in 2016…in spite of a record that most people would run away from. They are doing it by appealing to some of our worst fears and prejudices, and they are succeeding because, with the exception of Donald Trump, who reminded Jeb of who was in the WH when 9/11 occurred, our strategists are too busy asking for money to pay for ridiculous political commercials that nobody watches or pays attention to, instead of attacking the GOP with the same energy and effectiveness they use against us.

  2. The lucky one March 16, 2016

    “They’re already calling,” he told NBC’s “Today” show, without naming names. “The biggest people in the party are calling.” This is one of Trump’s most common and easy to see through tactics for anyone with an IQ in triple digits. Claim that smart or important or people in the know support him and are talking to him but he NEVER identifies anyone so that it can be verified. Curiously no one ever steps forward to back up his claim. well there was Christie, obviously angling for the VP slot, and his reward was to be publicly humiliated by Trump. The Duck has to be sure those who serve him are willing to suffer his insults silently before they can move up.

  3. yabbed March 16, 2016

    It’s over for Bernie. For him to continue to hack at Hillary only does harm to the Democratic Party. I understand that was Bernie’s sole intention from the beginning – to do harm to Democrats – as that has been his lifelong career in politics. But it’s time for him to disappear back into the nothing he sprung from and leave the Democrats to defeat the GOP and keep the White House in the hands of the rational, the experienced, and the qualified.

    1. jeffromac23 March 16, 2016

      Bernie doesnot want to do harm to Democrats, he wants to move Hillary more towards the progressive agenda and away from center which he has. Face it if this was just coronation of Hillary the Democrats base would of stayed home instead we have a base that is more motivated especially to take down Trump who must never ever get even close to the White House as president.
      If Trump somehow wins the presidency this country will burn. The Republicans will be begging for someone like Obama after a Trump presidency.

      1. joe schmo March 16, 2016

        Not! If the country is again happy and wealthy, there will be a surge to keep the same. BTW, communism failed to make entry in America in the 1940’s. It’s failed again. Time to think about coming closer to center. We know the leftists will keep pushing their agenda, but then again, America really does have checks and balances to keep it sane.

        1. dpaano March 16, 2016

          Unfortunately, those “checks and balances” haven’t worked with such a partisan House and Senate! They have failed to learn how to compromise and have blocked EVERYTHING that President Obama has put forth, even worthwhile ideas that would actually HELP American citizens. They decided from Day One to block his goals, and they’ve done a great job of it. “Checks and balances” aren’t in the GOP dialogue! All they can do is whine, complain, and block any legislation proposed no matter how it would help their constituents.

      2. yabbed March 16, 2016

        If Sanders did not want to do harm to the Democrats why did he consistently vote against Democratic Party legislation on gun control and immigration reform? Why did he regularly put a hold on President Obama’s appointees because they failed to pass his Socialist purity test? And if he did not want to cause harm to the Democratic Party why did he actively seek to recruit a challenger to President Obama’s reelection in 2012?

        1. A_Real_Einstein March 17, 2016

          You are either an idiot or a GOP troll. Hillary is going to need every single Bernie vote she can get. There is no way she can win the WH without the millions of democrats that love Bernie. Kicking these people when they are down and talking nonsense about their candidate of choice will guarantee they will not come out November. You don’t see Hillary taking any victory laps do you? So which is it, idiot or troll?

  4. Eleanore Whitaker March 16, 2016

    Once you slice away at what The Donald actually “can” do as President, you see the failings in his campaign promises. First? How do you deport 11 million illegals? Second? Who pays for the cost of that? Third? What happens to the children of illegals who are certifiable US Citizens born here in the US?

    According to several very reliable sources, any deportation of 11 million illegals cannot be completed in less than 20 years…long after Trump’s bones are ashes.

    The cost by all accounts would be well over $450 billion dollars.

    The anti-illegal Trump would also have to include those of us with immigrant parents who came to the US when there were NO immigration laws…whose parents were immigrants and also at least 2 Trump wives…

    This doesn’t begin to factor in the cost to employers who will have to replace illegals in jobs most Americans consider beneath them.

    1. joe schmo March 16, 2016

      1) Eisenhower deported over 1 million
      2) Donald Trump is a genius at economics
      3) Oh, are you admitting that you are an anchor baby? Good riddance. They should have become legal, the hard way, like my parents.
      4) Boohoohoo, we did fine before the illegal invasion. This is my BIGGEST pet peeve. That is, open borders. CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THAT WALL IS BUILT BY AMERICAN workers.

      Celebrate the fact that corrupt Clinton is your first woman candidate and then have a good cry.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker March 17, 2016

        Obama deported more than 1 million in just two years from 2009 to 2011…Donald Trump isn’t an economics genius. That would be Warren Buffet the Wizard of Omaha…who recently stated that if Trump had been more economically “savvy” he could have doubled in value the $200 million he father gave him.

        My Dad was born in Italy, jackass…back in 1899…He came to the US when there were NO immigration laws…So yes..I am a 69 year old anchor baby…Grow the eff up jerk boy.

        Men like you are living in some bizarro world of your own making. There will NEVER be any walls built by American workers….and you will eat “it “and die when you have Hillary Clinton for president won’t you mental case?

        Hillary is the first woman to stare down men like Gowdy, Cotton and Issa..time for you to pay up your life insurance…your and your attack dogs are about to be peaceably laid to rest.

    2. dpaano March 16, 2016

      AND, it doesn’t take into account how prices of produce, etc., will go sky high when there’s no one to pick the crops (no American would be able to deal with these types of jobs). We’d end up having the import most of our fruits and vegetables from South America, and the cost would be at a premium! Plus, if Trump decides to charge other countries for importing into the US….we’d be without a lot of items we’re so used to getting at lower prices. Companies that now use some of these immigrants (because they can’t find actual Americans who want to do their jobs) will end up going out of business…..causing more unemployment for those who DO legally work for these companies. As for the wall….what a joke!!! It would end up costing the taxpayers a huge amount of money and would do absolutely nothing to stem the tide!

  5. joe schmo March 16, 2016

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL…..Let the good times role. Hillary should b in prison. Trump will annihilate her in the debates. Bye, bye PC, NAFTA, BLM, Open Borders, international weakness, America is having a come back!

    1. latebloomingrandma March 16, 2016

      Trump will annihilate her in the debates? That’s funny. If they are about policy or world affairs, as they should be, he knows NOTHING !!!

  6. FT66 March 16, 2016

    What I can only say is wow, wow, wow. And thank Bernie supporters and Hillary supporters. We have come the long way. It is important to remember we are still one Family with a common goal of defeating the common enemy. Please keep focused and engaged. No fighting amongst us please!

  7. Eve Duran March 16, 2016

    It is FAR from over for Bernie. As Alan Grayson so eloquently stated today:

    “There are two Democratic Presidential Primaries. One is almost over. The other is about to begin.

    The first Democratic Presidential Primary runs from Feb. 1 to March 15. All 11 “Old South” states vote in that primary. We have two states left to go, but Hillary Clinton has won every one of the other nine, by an average of 43 points.

    Outside those “Old South” states, 12 other states also have voted. Bernie Sanders has won nine of those races, Hillary Clinton has won only two, and there has been one tie (Iowa). The average result in those 12 states has been a Sanders win by just under 20 points.

    The net effect of this (Hillary winning the “Old South” by 43 points, Bernie winning everywhere else by 20 points) is a Clinton lead among pledged delegates of 223 (specifically, 775 to 552).

    Which brings us to the second Democratic Presidential Primary: Democratic Presidential Primary 2.0. It runs from March 16 through June 7. It includes none of the “Old South” states, because they all will have already voted. It includes all of the Pacific states, and all of the “Mountain” states except Colorado and Nevada (which already voted). The biggest prizes are California (545 delegates), New York (291) and Pennsylvania (210).

    Democratic Presidential Primary 2.0 elects a total of 2033 pledged delegates. If Bernie Sanders wins those races (and delegates) by the same 60-40 margin that he has amassed in primaries and caucuses outside the “Old South” to date, then that will give him an advantage of 407 pledged delegates. That is more — far more — than the current Clinton margin of 223.

    Almost 700 pledged delegates are chosen on June 7 alone. It seems unlikely that either candidate will accumulate a margin of 700 pledged delegates before then. So this one may come down to the wire.

    Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a wild ride.”


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